The Car Connection Mazda MX-30 Overview
The Mazda MX-30 is a five-door hatchback powered by electricity. New for the 2022 model year, it’s already on sale in Japan and Europe.
Rivals for the MX-30 include the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV, Mini Cooper SE, and VW ID.4.
With the MX-30, Mazda has its first battery-powered car for sale in the U.S., but the hatchback’s relatively small 35.5-kwh pack produces just 124 miles of driving range on Europe’s WLTP cycle, which likely means an EPA range of about 110 miles. Net power from the battery is pegged at 144 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.
Mazda says it will bring back its rotary engine to act as a range extender—like the ones found in the Chevy Volt and BMW i3—but hasn’t committed to selling that add-on in U.S. cars.
Mazda says the MX-30’s battery can be charged to 80 percent in about 36 minutes. It will partner with ChargePoint to provide easier recharging for MX-30 drivers on publicly available Level 2 and DC fast-charge stations.
The MX-30 sits about the same length as Mazda’s gas-powered CX-30 crossover, at about 173 inches long. However, the CX-30’s traditional five-door wagon body doesn’t carry over. The MX-30 has five doors, but the rear side doors flip out on rear hinges, like the former Honda Element and Saturn Ion—not to mention Mazda’s own RX-8 and the BMW i3. Interior space promises to be small, but the cockpit wears elegant tweedy cloth and cork trim.
Advanced safety technology should make its way into the few MX-30s Mazda will sell in the U.S., but the company’s only committed to sell the vehicle in California starting in the fall of 2021. A 7.0-inch touchscreen will provide the interface for its climate controls.
Prices haven’t been published, but the 2022 MX-30 should be eligible for federal and local tax credits based on its battery size. Sales volumes are expected to be very low, as Mazda makes this initial foray into electric vehicles. Though sales begin in California, Mazda has not estimated how many vehicles it will sell, nor a time frame when it will make the MX-30 available in other states that follow California's zero-emissions-vehicle rules.
The MX-30 will precede more electrified additions to Mazda's lineup. The automaker promises a hybrid version of a new crossover to be built in a joint-venture plant in Alabama, one shared with Toyota. It also promises a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will work with its new large-car platform, which is expected to spawn a new Mazda 6 sedan soon.